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When I took on teaching five POUNDFit classes a week – including night classes when the girls are at their Dad’s – I knew there were going to be a lot of times that Mike would be on his own dinner. In the past Mike would just not eat when I was gone, meaning I would come home to a grumpy, hangry man… that was not fun. Since Mike tells everyone he “hates to cook” I needed to find something quick and easy and filling that he could make when I was gone. I know how much he likes “Barbecue Burgers” from a local restaurant, so I thought I might be able to recreate it! Midge and I headed off to Publix to check out the new Tyson® Ball Park® Patties to see what we could find to make his meal prep quick and easy.

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I knew to look for the Ball Park® Patties in the frozen section, but after scouring the section where I thought they would be, I could not find them. Turns out they actually keep them in the freezer cases on the floor! And man did they have a lot of different kinds!

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There are actually seven different varieties ofTyson® Ball Park® Patties to choose from! I got Mike the Ball Park® Flame Grilled Patty Original and then I got the New Chicken Patty Hickory Smoked Bacon & White Cheddar for me!

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Making the Ball Park® Patties is super easy – literally two minutes in the microwave and they are ready to eat. The patties are already fully cooked and have a delicious flame-grilled taste. I couldn’t believe how it made my whole kitchen smell like I was grilling out on the grill – not nuking something in the microwave! I got him whole wheat buns, some shredded white American cheese and of course some frozen french fries that he can heat up along with his burger for a whole meal. But to really make it special I wanted to make him some homemade barbecue sauce to add to it for that final touch. Mike loves putting barbecue sauce on just about everything, so I knew he would love to top his patty with a tangy, sweet barbecue sauce.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp your favorite BBQ rub – I used Velata Santa Maria BBQ

The homemade barbecue recipe is as simple as cooking the Ball Park® Patties is really. Throw everything in the pan and simmer 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Voila! It even saves for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, so I can make him a batch to use again and again while I am out teaching.


I have to admit, this burger easily rivals the burgers we get from our local burger joint – except this one can be made in minutes right at home and without the hefty price tag. And now that Mike has something quick and easy to make for himself for dinner, I do not have to worry about coming home to a hungry bear on the nights that I teach. It is a win-win for both of us!

Tyson® Ball Park®and Publix have teamed up with a sweepstakes that is just as easy to win as their delicious patties are to cook! Check out the Hall of Flame Sweepstakes for your chance to win up to a $1,000 Publix gift card!

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What is your favorite burger topping?

Grab-And-Go Snack – Jif Whips Peanut Butter Cookies

Spending an entire weekend at home sounds like absolute bliss. That is exactly why we decided to have a “Staycation” right here at home last weekend. After a crazy busy Summer and a whirlwind first week of school, we were all looking forward to some downtime relaxing together and getting recharged for another full week.

Since I had already gone to Walmart to get all of my snacks, I wanted to get creative in what we had to snack on to keep the weekend fun even though we weren’t really doing anything. The plan was “to have no plan” – and that is just exactly what we did.

Plus, I wanted to check out the new Jif Whips which has 25% less calories and fat than normal Jif peanut butter. A few minutes on Pinterest and I knew exactly what I would make… Bear-y Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies!

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These cookies are absolutely delicious – easy to make and all with ingredients you probably have at home! (If not – grab them from Walmart while you are there!) All you need is one cup of Creamy Jif Peanut Butter Whips, one tub of Jif To Go Chocolate Silk, one egg, one sup of sugar, and a few chocolate chips! The kiddos can even help!

Mix together the egg, sugar, and Creamy Jif Whips. With floured hands, roll dough in to three balls – one large and two small. Place them on a lined cookie sheet and push down just a little bit – making sure to “attach” the ears with the dough.

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Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes – or until done and edges begin to brown– being careful not to burn. Let cookies cool completely.

Spoon one tub of Jif To Go Chocolate Silk in to a ziplock bag and snip the corner to make piping the ears and muzzle easier. Add chocolate chips for the eyes – dipping in to the Chocolate Silk to make it them stick – and one in the center for the nose! Voila!

peanut butter bear

I fell in love with the Jif Whips – while I was baking the cookies Midge and I dipped celery in to the tub for a snack. Delicious! I loved how light and fluffy plus the tub was great to just dip right out of – we didn’t need to dirty up any more dishes… which is nice when you are on “vacation”… even if it is a “Staycation.”

By the time Monday rolled around we all felt refreshed and ready to tackle another week. Plus we had some Jif To Go left over – so the girls happily tossed them into their lunch boxes for school. It was an absolutely perfect weekend.

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Have you ever had a Staycation at home?

Grab And Go Snacks With Help From Smuckers


This Summer it felt like the girls and I were constantly on the go. Between pool days, beach days, shopping, and spending time with family members all over the South, we seemed to be away from home more than we were at home. Needless to say, with all of that running around – there was a whole lot of food packing and snacking going on!

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Even though school is back in session, we are still enjoying the Summertime weather here in Florida. In fact, the girls and I decided to have a little “Staycation” this weekend and slow things down a bit while still enjoying our time off.

I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to show how easy you can make packing snacks to go with their awesome line of products. From their Uncrustables Sandwiches to Jif To Go Dippers, packing our Staycation snacks a breeze.

smuckers snacks

To get prepared for a weekend of vegging at home the girls and I headed to Walmart to stock up on all the good stuff to take with us. Midge absolutely loves the Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Uncrustables, while The Teen and I like the traditional Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Uncrustables. And who doesn’t love Jif peanut butter on like… everything?!! I grew up a Jif kid from back in the “Choosy Moms Choose Jif” days… to this day Mom and I still will eat it right out of the jar with a spoon!


I can’t tell you how excited I am about a whole weekend at home just enjoying each other’s company soaking up the last days of Summer. I even have a super simple but fun idea for a “bear”-y delicious snack! Stay tuned for that recipe coming up later this week using my all time favorite Smuckers food… can you guess which one it is?! And be sure to stop by your local Walmart – it is your Snackcation Destination!

A Mom’s Bedtime Routine Made Easier with REACH

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of REACH® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

When The Teen was a baby I read about the importance of having a “bedtime routine” to help little ones calm down from the day and get to bed easily. We started a bedtime routine when she was just an infant – dinner, playtime, bath time, brush teeth, read a book and then bed. When Midge was born, The Teen was still doing her bedtime routine, so we just added her right into the mix. It has made putting two girls to bed – even in the same room for nine years – a piece of cake.

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I realized a few years ago that while I thought the girls were the only ones with the bedtime routine – but in fact I had one too. As soon as the girls are tucked into bed and given their “hugskiss” my bedtime routine begins. My routine is pretty different from theirs – it involves things like letting the dog out one last time and making sure all of the food in the kitchen is put away and the house is locked up. But the one thing that we have in common is brushing our teeth – every night. Without fail. A new study from REACH shows 82% of the nation’s moms never skip brushing their teeth every night. It is good to know that even as tired as we may be some nights, so many of us prioritize good hygiene!

If you know me, you know I am a little neurotic when it comes to dental hygiene, so I can say with conviction that there is never a night that I skip brushing my teeth – or a morning either. I just can’t. It will literally drive me crazy.  But I know not everyone is as neurotic as I am, so I am glad to work with companies like REACH who make products that help to make remembering those mindless things like dental hygiene a breeze! Recently I had the opportunity to test out the new REACH Complete Care 8-in-1 Mouth Rinse and Complete Care Curve Toothbrushes. The Complete Care 8-in-1 Mouth Rinse helps kill germs and prevent gingivitis – but it also comes in an awesome pump dispenser which has a correct dosage cup and a toothbrush holder that you won’t find with any other mouth rinse. The rinse tastes great and doesn’t burn your mouth like so many others do, and is uniquely designed to target the problem areas in your mouth that your brush may be unable to reach. REACH helps you keep your vanity tidy and your mouth healthy – its a total win-win.

REACH Complete Care

I have been very pleased to work the REACH Complete Care 8-in-1 Mouth Rinse into my Bedtime Routine every night. I may forget to take off my makeup some nights and I do not always remember to switch the laundry – but I never forget to brush my teeth. And now that I have the Mouth Rinse right there – I never forget to swish either – talk about an added bonus. The girls think it’s so cool – they each want one for their bathrooms now too. I guess REACH is making it’s way in to all of our routines.

Do you have a Bedtime Routine for you and your kids too?

I received a REACH product for free in order to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.

One Pot Meal Ideas for Back to School

When I took on becoming a POUNDFit Instructor, I knew I was going to have a few evenings a week where I would either have to make dinner super quick or leave Mike to handle the dinner preparations. Since I am used to being at home at night, most of my usual meals are… well… pretty involved. Lots of ingredients, lots of preparation, and then lots of time to actually cook. With the girls heading back to school, Mike working more with our rental properties, and me picking up more and more classes every week – I knew I had to find some quick and tasty solutions for how to get dinner on the table – fast!

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Walmart has an impressive list of One Pot Meals Recipes, made with some of your favorite brands. Things like Knorr® Creamy Bruschetta Chicken and Knorr® Curried Chicken & Vegetable Skillet require only a few ingredients, and cook up an entire meal for your family in minutes – all in one pot! Walmart believes we should spend more time at the table and less time in the kitchen – cooking or cleaning – so their recipes are quick and easy both in prep and cleanup.

This week I was especially pressed for time – teaching three classes in one day. Not only was I pressed for time – but I was also starving. I am not sure how many calories I burned, but I was ready to chew on the steering wheel as I swung through Walmart to grab what I needed for dinner in a hurry. I was in the mood for Mexican so I got everything for the Knorr® Cheesy Fiesta Chicken – except instead of getting canned chicken, I grabbed a freshly cooked rotisserie chicken from the Walmart Deli. I can not tell you how amazing my car smelled on the way home.

knorr rice sides

The recipe was super easy – I got the Knorr® Rice Sides going in the skillet while I cut up the chicken. In maybe ten minutes from the time I walked through my front door, we were sitting down to eat a delicious meal. And – to make it even better – I fed all four of us for less than ten dollars! We even had a serving leftover for lunch the next day!! Talk about a win! Look at this cheesy noodly goodness!

knorr rice sides one pot meals

I have to admit I was a little blown away by how much flavor this dish had – without me having to add any additional seasonings. The Knorr® Rice Sides Chicken Flavor was perfect. And it was so super simple – I would be ok with even The Teen handling this meal on her own.

I am glad I picked up several of the Knorr® Rice and Pasta Sides from Walmart so I can check out some of the other One Pot Meals they have on their site. You can click here to check out all of the Knorr One Pot Meals at Walmart, and pick up everything you need all in one place!

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*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.